plane-table

[pleyn-tey-buh l]

Origin of plane-table

First recorded in 1870–75

plane table

or plain table

noun Surveying.
  1. a drawing board mounted on a tripod, used in the field, with an alidade, for surveying tracts of land.

Origin of plane table

First recorded in 1600–10
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plane table

noun
  1. a surveying instrument consisting of a drawing board mounted on adjustable legs, and used in the field for plotting measurements directly
verb plane-table
  1. to survey (a plot of land) using a plane table
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